London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

Huppert’s parliamentary record

I have been considering Julian Huppert’s record as an MP and have come across the following resources to help me understand it. I have of course seen him speak at the last three OrgCON conferences,  the recent Digital Question time and in the Westminster Hall debate on Snowden & GCHQ, which I reviewed in my blog article, “Who watches the Watchmen?”. I also talk about him here, in an article called “Grandstanding”. where I examine the growing trivialisation of his position dated from his support of Drip. It seems he’s been bugging me for a while, here’s more of my ranting. In this last piece I suggest he puts his party before the cause , and it now would seem that he now puts himself before his party.  We should note that the “Public Whip” documents his acts of rebellion to the ConDem government at 3.5%. Continue reading “Huppert’s parliamentary record”

On Copyright

As a result of the EP’s LIBE committee report on the EU Copyright Regulation, in Feb 2015, I built a Storify page and propose to write a blog article. This page captures some of the resources I used to write it. They come from my blog, the IP Kat,, torrentfreak and flickr, where martin Fisch’s picture is embedded in the text and used as a featured image. Continue reading “On Copyright”

Labour’s Rule Book

I have posted and try to maintain  the most recent copy of the Labour Party Rule Book  that I can find, this is also hidden in member’s net; this latter link requires a login and the search engines have difficulty in finding it.

I have also created a short name for the LP’s version, This copy of the rules is the 2017 rules, presumably authorised by lab16. Hover over the links to see the tool tips.  Continue reading “Labour’s Rule Book”

Yvette Cooper at Demos

The challenges of a Digital World to our Security and Liberty – Yvette Cooper speech to Demos

This source is labeld check against delivery.

Yvette Cooper speech to Demos in March 2014 here, from Labour Press’ tumblr account.

  1. does she mention court secrecy? No.
  2. she doesn’t address the potential need for two agencies one for spying and one for defending UK cyberspace
  3. no mention of copyright crime which is good, most people will allow greater compromises in privacy to prosecute and prevent terrorism and child abuse, and they’d put their bank accounts before the copyright holders interests.
  4. No mention of the fact that the NSA and thus the US Government are a threat to ecommerce
  5. No mention of national security of supply

it’s clearly aimed at fighting terrorism, child abuse and defending the ecommerce infrastructure

At the same time the Prime Minister has also said that GCHQ and the NSA can do more to tackle child pornography on the dark net, to “decrypt encrypted files, and… find out what is going on”. A new strategy is needed to make sure the fight against online child abuse can keep up with new technology – including looking at the legal framework, resources, structures and the role for the private sector and internet service providers to do more.

Cameron’s been watching CSIcyber again, but Yvette’s response is reasoned


The summary reseats the speech in the legal powers and supervison policy domain.

I rather like this,

The digital age generates every second new and amazing opportunities that we should seize. But we cannot duck our responsibilities to face up to the difficult challenges it poses too – to make sure that the digital age serves the public and our democracy, and not the other way round.

What I plan to say on the Euro Husting blog article, which picks up the press articles, Guardian and Register

… pointed to Yvette Cooper’s speech to Demos on the balance between security and privacy in the internet age. I have to say, I missed this when it was reported by the Guardian, and would have been unsurprised by the Register’s hostile headline but we can read the speech for ourselves here. Id’ say it’s better than its critics suggest; there’s a growing consensus that RIPA gets it wrong and the recognition that privacy is part of the balance is a better position than the Tories and spies take and that many had expected from the Labour Front bench.


Convoy’s Wharf

I returned to this in March as the Mayor sought comments in the final stage of consultation before agreeing or rejecting outline planning permission. New Cross Labour have published Joan Ruddock’s submission on their web site, here. She is arguing for the cultural planning gain represented by the Sayes Court Garden project and the Build the Lenox project. 20 March 2014

Previously I was working my way through the Officers report to Lewisham’s strategic planning committee which rejected the plan as it now stands on six grounds. Continue reading “Convoy’s Wharf”

UK Parliament Embedding Terms of Use

I chose to embed a parliamentary video cast in one of my blog articles and this is the agreement required before it can be embedded. I can’t find a link, otherwise I’d do so. This was created in Dec 2013.

UK Parliament Embedding Terms of Use

UK Parliament permits you to embed its video and audio material on your website as long as you agree to various conditions (see below). Please note:

  • This is for use on not for profit websites
  • Only the supplied code can be used
  • The video or audio of the recordings cannot be edited in any way.
  • UK Parliament can remove the recording without notice
  • UK Parliament makes this recording available at your own risk
  • The Recordings cannot be placed on sites that contain illegal or offensive material
  • The Recordings cannot be placed on certain sites that contain advertising
  • The embedding of UK Parliament recordings is not a UK Parliament endorsement of your website

UK Parliament Embedded Recording Licence Terms

By embedding UK Parliament Recordings on your website (“Site”) you agree to the terms set out below.

1. Licence

  • 1.1 Subject to these Licence Terms UK Parliament grants you a non-exclusive licence to display on your Site recordings of UK Parliament Proceedings.
  • 1.2 All rights including intellectual property rights shall remain the property and copyright of UK Parliament.

2. Use of UK Parliament Recordings

  • 2.1 You may only embed UK Parliament Recordings on websites that are not excluded by UK Parliament. The categories of website that are excluded are set out below. Sites that:
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  • 2.2 Unless expressly permitted by UK Parliament in writing, the recordings are for not for profit use only and may not be used for corporate, commercial or professional purposes. Whilst you may use the recording on an ad-enabled blog or website, you may not charge users to view the recording.
  • 2.3 There should be no advertising displayed on the same screen as the embedded video recording comprising the Services where that video recording represents the majority of the content on any page of the website or where the page would not exist without the video recording. In other cases, advertising may be permitted, but not where there is any connection between the advertising and the video recording;
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Intellectual Property Law

November 2009

I wrote to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, (BRERR) and submitted evidence to the review on Laws regulating Illegal File Sharing. I blogged about it on 3rd November 2009, in an article called, Filesharing, Economics & Human Right. When I finish the white paper, I’ll host it here.

What I said elsewhere

I blogged on Monopoly Copyright and Efficiency on my Sun Blog and on Free, the right price for software there as well, where some of my ideas were first developed.

I blogged here about Mark Thomas on the Culture Show and the music industry’s response

I reflected on my contributions to Paul Carr’s TechCrunch article in a blog called Perhaps its not so bad

I blogged here about Billy Bragg’s contribution to the Panorama article, are the net police coming to get you. This is an iplayer url, and so may not be available next week. 18 March 2009.

I blogged in an article called Wifi and academic freedom about the results of the refusal to offer the public sector, university and libraries protection against the copyright liabilities of Digital Economy Bill. 24 March 2010

Later I attended the picket/demo at parliament. I took a few pictures which are hosted in a group called debate the bill at flickr. 24 March 2010

Another post here, where I posted some of my current thoughts on the Digital Economy Bill at I hope to provoke Labour Party members and supporters into campaigning to see the bill defeated or amended. 27 March 2010

I posted a short article called Copyright Stakeholders, provoked by Jessica Litman‘s paper Real Copyright Reform. This is a must read article and while about the US and their law, is really insightful. I hope to review this soon. 30 March 2010

I posted an article called Real Copyright Reform, half review, half derived polemic based on Jessica Litman’s academic paper of the same name. 4 April 2010

So the Bill became an Act in the last days of parliament, I reflected on the vote and the following weeks events as the General Election took off in an article called A week’s a long time in Politics 16 April 2010

After meeting Joan Ruddock, the week before I posted my thoughts on voting and the post election campaign in an article called Get your own facts on this bliki 26 April 2010

I blogged about how I was going to vote, and commented about what to do if the DE Bill, now Act was important to you. 5 May 2010

A silly note on the US Constitution’s take on Copyright, on 18 May 2010.

In the summer of 2010, I blogged in an article called, Music Copyright, Qui Bono? about the economic dominance of four companies and how, the British participant in this oligopoly is now owned by Citigroup private equity. This was meant to be a look at the resultant monopoly structure that copyright monopoly rights create, and an introduction to the International Trade implications of intellectual property law. I managed to avoid mentioning the singer’s tax affairs.

In September, Glynn Moody blogged in an article called “The Origin of Europe’s Suicidal Copyright Policies where he reviews the most comprehensive piece of independent research on current Media Economics, a report called Media Economics in the Emerging Economies, which is available for free download at Its chief author, Joe Karaganis also precises the report on Torrent Freak in an article called Europe’s odd anti-piracy stance: Send money to the US!. These documents are worth reading.


The Open Rights Group seem to be the noisiest opponents to the proposals to warn people on the accusation of rights holders, and use the warnings in evidence so lets see how open they are.


I found these notes lying around my computer, and so have posted them here.

The copyright law is broken. It creates a market in rights which generates super-profits and sub-optimal resource allocations. It defends the wealth of non-creative distribution business, i.e. sales staff, lawyers and accountants. It is fair and efficient to pay for time, and pay for materials. It is not fair and efficient to pay for ‘rights’. The licence has become a proxy by which rich corporations seek to recover their costs and make profits. There profit levels and the fact that lawyers own more than artists show the failure of this to work. Intellectual Property is not ‘Property’.The internet and free downloading has been the platform for a number of acts and bands to launch and obtain the notice

It should also be noted that in the case of UK public policy, research needs to be done to see how much of the allegged ‘lost revenue’ will in fact be imports.

Copyright should be shorter

Copyright should not license for use. i.e. a consumer should be free to buy a CD have unlimited personal right to use.

File downloading should not be illegal. They are not scarce goods. The record companies loose no income because

Making this illegal and pursuing downloaders is not a neutral act. It is taking sides in innovation markets.

ISP customers should not pay for civil suit.

Music has always lobbied to protect their economic interests.

Its because they want to charge for use, they need these laws. Why should internet users pay a tax to help the record companies pursue a license for use.

A number of successful music acts today used the internet and free distribution to launch themselves using and creating sites like myspace and facebook.

Pay for radio license, listen to music, buy a CD, buy an itunes download, buy an .mp3 why?

Billy Bragg is quoted as saying

Capitalism is killing music

He is also quoted as having the veiw that digital downloading/hosting is marketing and should be free.

When writing to the Lords, I considered the macro economic value of sharing and the example of BT FON & OpenView, I said

Another example of sharing sunk cost is BT’s FON offering where BT home hub customers share their wireless signal to other BT customers.

which doesn’t say very much. BT’s licence prohibits you from sharing your bandwidth, unless you subscribe to BT FON & BT Openview, which then allows you to use all the other people, businesses that share their wifi infrastructure. They then offer this as benefit to their sharing customers. Its a buy-in club, and you can of course pay cash to get more openview time. Its also an example of hardware, i.e. physical resources or capital that has a marginal cost to consume of zero.

Music Industry

Wikipedia has a page, Music Industry which documents the dominance of Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI in the supply of recorded music, shipping 71.6% Worldwide in 2005. EMI had a 13.4% share worldwide. (The UK figures more recently would be good, although I believe that EMI are loosing money).

Let’s see what happens, please comment if you see fit